Is Natural Skincare Better for Your Skin?
Your skin is the first thing people see, which leaves most of us struggling to make our skin look its very best. We all want smoother, youthful looking skin, and we’re willing to do most anything to get it.
But would you risk your health for better looking skin?
The Danger of Traditional Skin Care Products
Peruse the skincare aisle of any store and you’ll be bombarded with hundreds of items–all promising to make you look fresher … younger … more beautiful. It’s difficult to resist such claims. Still, have you considered what’s in those products, or why they work? Most of us give little thought or care to what’s in the skincare products we use. We figure the manufacturers know what they’re doing, and wouldn’t purposely harm us. We slap in on and hope for good results. How naïve we can be.
Whether you spend $10 for a skin cleanser at your local drug store, or $100 at a leading spa, most of the traditional products we use contain dangerous ingredients that thwart our efforts at healthier skin and, in many cases, are harmful to our skin.
Produced with of dangerous parabens and other chemicals, the clear majority of skincare products being sold today can:
- Cause allergic reactions
- Induce rashes, eczema and psoriasis attacks
- Thin the skin, putting it at risk of infection
- Dry out the skin
- Cause serious health concerns including: cancer, heart failure, kidney and liver problems, hormone imbalance, birth defects and infertility.
A Closer Look at the Most Dangerous Skin Care Ingredients
The soap you use may cause memory loss or nervous system breakdowns. The shampoo you use for luscious looking strands can induce kidney and liver problems. The cleaning foam you use can disrupt normal endocrine activity. These are some of the toxic effects of commercial everyday skincare products. Some contain more dangers than others, so take a close look at what’s in your beauty stash for some of these problem-causing ingredients:
- Triclosan: found in most soaps and antibacterial soaps, has been linked to heart disease, impaired musculoskeletal effects and hormone fluctuations.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): a common ingredient in shampoo, has been linked to brain and nervous subsystem disorders.
- Phthalates: a common skincare ingredient, is known to cause birth defects, low sperm count and liver cancer.
- Propylene Glycol: found in many cleansers and emulsifiers, is a common endocrine disruptor and can cause toxic buildup in tissues.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: found in cleaners, can cause severe cell damage.
- Parabens: known as a common cancer causing ingredient, parabens disrupt proper endocrine function and induce tumor growth.
- Formaldehyde: found in many common skincare products, can cause a toxic buildup in the body, which causes liver and kidney malfunction, heart problems and cancer.
Natural Skin Care Alternatives
While the beauty industry continues to spend millions of dollars trying to market the next-best must-have skincare product, there are ways to take care of your skin naturally. Not only is it cheaper, safer, and better for the environment – it works!
Mother Earth has always given us what we need for optimal health and well-being – that includes properly caring for our skin. So, what types of ingredients should you be looking for in an all-natural skincare line??
- Marine Collagen: Collagen is a protein needed to prevent wrinkles and lines. Unfortunately, many skincare products touting “collagen” as an ingredient, use animal protein, which the human skin can’t absorb. Marine collagen, on the other hand, is a Type 1 collagen—the same kind found in our skin, so it’s easily absorbed even by the deepest layers of cells.
- Algae: When it comes to caring for your skin, seaweed algae are effective in:
Maintaining healthy blood flow through skin capillaries and enabling skin cells to absorb the right number of nutrients needed to repair itself.
Increasing melanin in the skin to prevent unsightly pigmentation.
Calming the skin to offset any number of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- Vitamin C Serum: Vitamin C can be used to prevent wrinkles and pigmentation. It prevents melanin production and free-radicals, promotes collagen production, and controls oil secretion in our skin. It helps reduce acne, breakouts and dull skin tones.
- Silk Protein: Derived from the center of the silkworm yarn, silk protein is one of the most advanced and unique materials for healthy skin. A natural moisturizer that can adjust to the skin’s moisture, it combines with skin cells to revitalize and heal damaged skin. This can reverse signs of aging in almost any user.
Silk protein has almost the same composition as human skin, making it the perfect material to keep the human skin in healthy physiological condition. The 18 amino acids found in silk are known to activate human skin cells. That’s why the medical profession uses fibroin—part of the silk—for surgical thread in stitches, as well as for making artificial skin.
- Aloe Vera: A gel-like juice derived from the aloe plant, this soothing astringent is great for healing sunburn, bug bites and other types of skin burns and rashes. It also helps moisturize your skin, keeping it supple and smooth.
Enzymes: Enzymes break down the fat and protein left on the skin, and effectively cleanse impurities.
Dead Sea Salt: one of the purest ingredients on earth, dead sea salt is harvested from the depths of the Dead Sea, which gives it the ability to cleanse the skin of impurities and offer one of the best ways to care for the skin.
The Natural Way to Beauty
The products you use on your skin will influence its natural beauty. It’s possible to restore the glow of youthful skin by refreshing it with skincare products that offer nature’s cures. There’s no need to risk your health when using skincare products. Choose ones with earthy ingredients. Nature offers its very best so you can look and feel the way you’re supposed to – naturally beautiful.